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NMSU's Los Lunas science center presents workshop on raising tree fruit

LOS LUNAS, N.M. - Fruit trees advertised in the garden catalogs look great in the magazine, but will they grow in New Mexico? To have a successful orchard, it is best to get advice from New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service specialists before buying seedlings.

"During the spring we have numerous calls regarding what type of fruit trees grow best in the valley, and people stop by to see which varieties we are testing," said Tom Place, farm manager of NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas. "This year we decided to host a workshop where people, whether they are growing a couple of trees or an orchard, can learn about raising fruit trees before they invest their money."

The free fruit tree workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Los Lunas science center, 1036 Miller Road, Los Lunas. Following the workshop there will be a tour of the center's orchard. The workshop is limited to 40 participants.

Presentations will be made by Tess Grasswitz, NMSU Integrated Pest Management specialist; Shengrui Yao, NMSU fruit specialist; and Joran Viers, Bernalillo County Extension director and agricultural agent.

Topics will include pest management for tree fruit crops, tree fruit cultivar selection and management of tree fruit: plant nutrition and irrigation.

Register online at http://rsvp.nmsu.edu/rsvp/treepruning-2 or call 505-865-7340. For directions to the agricultural science center, visit http://loslunassc.nmsu.edu.